Pottery in Archaeology

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Cambridge University Press, May 13, 2013 - Social Science - 356 pages
This revised edition provides an up-to-date account of the many different kinds of information that can be obtained through the archaeological study of pottery. It describes the scientific and quantitative techniques that are now available to the archaeologist, and assesses their value for answering a range of archaeological questions. It provides a manual for the basic handling and archiving of excavated pottery so that it can be used as a basis for further studies. The whole is set in the historical context of the ways in which archaeologists have sought to gain evidence from pottery and continue to do so. There are case studies of several approaches and techniques, backed up by an extensive bibliography.
 

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Contents

History of Pottery Studies IKIIUJUJ
3
FIGURES
7
The Potential of Pottery as Archaeological Evidence
24
Integrated Data
33
PRACTICALITIESI A GUIDE TO POTTERY PROCESSING AND RECORDING
41
Fabric Analysis
71
Classification of Form and Decoration
81
Illustration
93
Pottery Fabrics
150
Form
190
Quantification
203
Chronology
219
Production and Distribution
235
Pottery and Function
246
Assemblages and Sites
262
The Future of Pottery Studies
273

Pottery Archives
104
Publication
113
Making Pottery
121
Archaeology by Experiment
140
Quantified pottery recording sheet
276
Scientific Databases and Other Resources for Archaeometry
286
Index
329
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Clive Orton is Emeritus Professor of Quantitative Archaeology at the University College London Institute of Archaeology. He has won the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Ralph Merrifield Award for service to London Archaeology and the British Archaeological Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a member of the Archaeology Data Service Management Committee, a member of the advisory board for the Journal of Quantitative Archaeology, the editor of London Archaeologist, a member of the editorial board for Archaeologia e Calcolatori, chairman of Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Excavation Committee and chair of Gresham Ship Steering Committee. His most recent books include The Pottery from Medieval Novgorod and its Region (2006) and Sampling in Archaeology (2000).

Michael Hughes was Principal Scientific Officer at The British Museum, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science and Bioscience at the University of East London. His work has been published in Archaeometry, the Journal of Archaeological Science, Studies in Conservation, Medieval Archaeology, Medieval Ceramics and the Oxford Journal of Archaeology, among others.

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